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USD had Two Selected to WCC 40th Annniversary Baseball Team

Jan. 3, 2007

SAN BRUNO, CA - In honor of the West Coast Conference celebrating its 40th season of sponsoring the sport of baseball, the conference office is proud to announce the selection of the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. The University of San Diego had two players, Kevin Herde (1990-93) and Kevin Reese (1997-2000), named to the 40th Anniversary Baseball Team.

The ceremonial team consists of 40 of the top players that have graced West Coast Conference baseball diamonds over the past four decades. Only individuals from the league's current membership were eligible for selection, with primary focus placed on each player's collegiate accomplishments. The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team was selected by a 30-member voting panel comprised of WCC administrators, league institutions, national collegiate baseball writers, and local media members.

"The West Coast Conference is proud to announce the selection of the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team," said Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "The west is traditionally one of the strongest regions in the nation for baseball, and our conference has competed successfully at a national level since 1968, which is a testament to the league's baseball coaches and the administrations that support our eight programs. I would like to recognize and commend the 40 individuals that were selected, and would like to thank Rawlings for their role in honoring these outstanding student athletes."

"Rawlings is proud of its long standing relationship with the West Coast Conference and is honored to be a part of this project," said Rawlings Western Regional Sales Manager Dave Bracci. "Rawlings hopes to continue its support of collegiate baseball nationwide."

The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team features an impressive collection of past collegiate standouts from the conference's eight member institutions. Included on the list of honorees are 24 players that received WCC Player or Pitcher of the Year recognition during their collegiate careers, 27 All-Americans, 11 Freshman All-Americans, and two Academic All-Americans. Highlighting the compilation are 23 players that have played baseball at the Major League level, including Pepperdine alum and 1986 National League Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, as well as former Gonzaga standout and 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay. WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team athletes have combined to make seven Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearances, and seven players that participated in MLB games during the 2006 season are included on the list.

Pepperdine leads all WCC programs with 13 former standouts earning selection to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Seven former LMU players also earned a spot, while Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and San Francisco each placed five players on the team. Santa Clara is not far behind with four honorees, followed by Gonzaga with three, San Diego with two, and Portland with one former player recognized.

Baseball was originally established as a WCC sport in 1968, and five conference institutions (LMU, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, and Santa Clara) were charter members of the league along with three associates. The conference temporarily split from 1977-84, as WCC teams competed in the Northern California Baseball Association (NCBA) and the Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA) before resuming WCC play in 1985 along with San Diego and Nevada. The Wolf Pack left the conference in 1991, creating a six-team loop until 1996 when long time conference members Gonzaga and Portland joined the circuit for baseball, bringing the league to its full compliment of teams. West Coast Conference teams have combined to earn 57 selections to the NCAA Tournament, with teams making four appearances at the College World Series. Pepperdine earned the league's first-ever national championship in baseball, claiming the College World Series crown in 1992.

WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team

Kevin Reese - OF - San Diego - 1997-00Former Torero standout is listed throughout the San Diego and West Coast Conference record book ... Two-time All-WCC first team selection (1999 and 2000) ... Two-time San Diego team MVP (1999 and 2000) ... Led WCC in hits in 1998 (88) ... Ranks sixth in WCC history with 41 career home runs ... Ranks eighth all-time in WCC annals in career hits (279) and RBI (185) ... Led team in batting three straight years (.379 in 1998, .372 in 1999 and .385 in 2000) ... Listed in the USD top-10 in several offensive categories, including eighth in games played (207), fourth in at-bats (773), fifth in batting average (.361), first in hits (279), third in runs (183), second in RBI (185), seventh in doubles (48), ninth in triples (14), and second in home runs (41) ... Drafted by the San Diego Padres in 27th round of the 2000 MLB draft ... Reached the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees in 2005 and saw action with the club in both 2005 and 2006.

Kevin Herde - C - San Diego - 1990-93Slugging catcher led San Diego to 36 wins in 1993, marking the second highest win total in program history ... Tabbed for WCC Player of the Year honors in 1993, becoming just the second Torero to earn the league's top honor ... Two-time All-WCC first team selection (1992, 1993) ... Three-time USD Most Valuable Player (1991-93) ... Academic All-American (1993) ... Batted .372 overall and .430 in WCC games (1993) ... Ranks 10th all-time in WCC for career RBI with 183 (1990-93) ... Ranks ninth all-time in WCC for career doubles (59) ... Led USD in RBI four straight years (1990-93) ... Ranks in USD Top-10 in several offensive categories, checking in at fourth on the all-time list for games (216), third in at-bats (774), seventh in batting average (.340), third in hits (263), third in RBI (183), third in doubles (59), fifth in home runs (32), first in total bases (426), and fourth in slugging percentage (.550) ... Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 38th round of the 1993 MLB draft.

Patrick Ahearne - RHP - Pepperdine - 1991-92A key member of the starting rotation on Pepperdine's 1992 College World Series championship team ... Two-time first team All-American (1991, 1992) ... 1992 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year ... Two-Time first team All-WCC and District VIII Selection ... Named to the 1992 All-College World Series Team ... Collected two wins in the 1992 College World Series, including the championship game against Cal State Fullerton ... Compiled a 26-7 career record, 2.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts ... Ranks seventh on Pepperdine's career wins list with 26 despite playing just two seasons ... 15 wins during the 1992 season rank as second-most on Pepperdine's single-season wins list and is tied for third on the WCC's single-season wins list ... Posted an 8-0 record in WCC play during the 1992 season ... Drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Tigers in 1992 ... Reached the Major Leagues with the Tigers in 1995.

Jason Bay - OF - Gonzaga - 1999-00Current Major League All-Star compiled a .374 career average, 125 runs, 152 hits, 24 doubles, 35 home runs, and 121 RBI at Gonzaga ... Two-time All-WCC first team Selection (1999 and 2000) ... 2000 WCC Batting Champion (.388 avg.) ... Ranks in Gonzaga record books in single-season categories for runs (65-1999, 3rd), hits (80-2000, 10th), home runs (20-1999, 3rd; 15-2000, 5th) and RBI (74-1999, 2nd) ... Fifth on WCC all-time career list for batting average (.374) ... Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2000 Draft by the Montreal Expos ... Has played for the San Diego Padres (2003) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2003-present) ... Two-time Major League Baseball All-Star (2005, 2006) ... Voted as an All-Star Game starter in 2006 ... 2004 National League Rookie of the Year.

Billy Bean - OF - LMU - 1983-86One of the most prolific bats in WCC history ... Led the Lions to the program's first-ever College World Series appearance in 1986 ... Two-time All-WCC first-team ... Second-team All-American (ABCA-1986) ... Honorable mention All-American (Collegiate Baseball-1985) ... Two-time first-team All-District VIII ... Jersey #44 retired by LMU baseball ... LMU Hall of Famer, inducted 1986 ... WCC record-holder in single-season walks (66) ... LMU record-holder in single-season runs (84-3rd in WCC) ... Still ranks among WCC career leaders in five offensive categories ... In 1985, led LMU in RBI (67) ... In 1986, led LMU in batting (.355) ... Fourth round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 1986 ... Played for Detroit (1987-89), Los Angeles (1989), and San Diego (1993-95).

Taggert Bozied - INF - San Francisco - 1998-01Three-time All-American became WCC's all-time home run leader (60) and San Francisco's first-ever WCC Player of the Year ... Named one of the Top-50 Athletes in WCC History during the 50th Anniversary of the WCC in 2001 ... Unanimous choice as the 1999 WCC Player of the Year ... Only player to capture the West Coast Conference "Triple Crown" in the modern era (30/92/.412) ... Three-time All-West Coast Conference first team selection (1999-01) ... WCC career home run leader (60), tied for first in WCC career runs (240), second in career RBI (222); seventh in career hits (287) ... WCC single-season leader in runs (98-1999), second in home runs (30-1999) and RBI (82-1999) ... First USF baseball player to have his number (19) retired ... USF career leader in hits (287), runs (213), home runs (60), RBI (222), extra-base hits (122) and total bases (536) ... Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in December, 2006.

Miah Bradbury - C - LMU - 1987-90Three-time All-WCC first-team selection during his time at LMU ... Third team Baseball America All-American in 1989 ... 1990 WCC Player of the Year ... Second-team All-District VIII in 1990 ... Inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame in 2000 ... WCC record-holder in career doubles (72) ... WCC record-holder in single-season doubles (31) ... LMU record-holder in career at bats (846), hits (306), doubles (72), and total bases (490) ... Led LMU in batting (.398-1989), home runs (16-1990), and RBI (66-1990) ... Still ranks among WCC career leaders in four of nine offensive categories ... WCC Champion and NCAA Regional participant.

Troy Buckley - C - Santa Clara - 1987-89Santa Clara catcher enjoyed one of the top offensive seasons in WCC history in 1988 ... All-America second team in 1988 .... Tabbed for WCC Player of the Year honors in 1988 ... Two-time All-WCC selection, earning first team honors in 1988 and second team recognition in 1989 ... Helped lead Santa Clara to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988 ... Set WCC single-season record with a .442 batting average in 1988 and drove in 82 runs, which is tied for second on the conference single-season list ... SCU's all-time leader with 188 career RBIs ... Tied for second all-time at SCU with .364 career batting average ... Second in SCU history with 35 career home runs ... Third on SCU career total bases list with 390 ... Fourth on SCU career list with .606 slugging pct. ... Sixth on SCU career hits list with 234 ... Tied for seventh on SCU career doubles list with 47.

Tom Candiotti - RHP - Saint Mary's - 1975-79Major League veteran is one of the top hurlers to come out of the WCC ... Received 1977 NCBA Pitcher of the Year honors ... 1979 honorable mention All-American ... Is tied for 10th in the WCC single-season annals with 13 wins (1977), and tied for seventh on the conference single-season chart with a 1.53 ERA (1977) ... Program leader in six pitching categories, setting Saint Mary's career marks in innings pitched (413.1), wins (37), ERA (2.51), shutouts (8), complete games (30), and winning percentage (.740) ... SMC single season leader in four pitching categories, setting records in ERA (1.53), wins (13), shutouts (4), and winning percentage (.834) ... His 37 career wins rank third on the WCC chart ... Also ranks sixth on WCC career chart in innings pitched and ninth in ERA ... Pitched for five teams in a Major League career that spanned 16 years.

Kory Casto - OF - Portland - 2001-03Portland's representative on the 40th Anniversary Team has excelled in the Washington Nationals' Minor League system ... Named the Washington Nationals' Minor League Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2005 and 2006) ... 2001 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honorable mention ... 2003 All-WCC Second Team, 2002 All-WCC honorable mention ... .317 career batting average, 30 home runs, 41 doubles, 141 RBI's, 112 runs scored and a .526 slugging percentage ... Ranks third all-time at UP in home runs (30) and RBI (141), sixth in total bases (330), eighth in slugging percentage and doubles, ninth in runs scored and tenth in hits (199) ... 14 home runs in 2003 ranks third on UP's single-season charts ... Five walks against San Diego on March 23, 2003 is tied for a single-game high at UP ... Drafted in the third round by the Montreal Expos in 2003 ... Was the highest draft pick out of the WCC in the 2003 MLB draft.

Joe Ciccarella - 1B - LMU - 1989-91United States National Team veteran helped LMU to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1990 and 1991 ... 1991 WCC Player of the Year ... All-WCC first-team in 1991 ... Second team Baseball America All-American in 1991 ... Third-team All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball in 1991 ... Second-team Freshman All-American in 1989 ... Named 1989 WCC Freshman of the Year ... Second-team All-District VIII in 1991 ... 1990 USA Baseball National Team Member ... Set an LMU single-season record by batting .435 in 1991, the third best single-season clip in WCC history ... Also ranks among the WCC single-season leaders with 24 doubles (1991-7th) and 72 runs scored (1991-10th) ... WCC Champion and NCAA Regional participant ... Chosen in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox in 1991.

Jermaine Clark - INF - San Francisco - 1995-97One of the top base stealers and defensive specialists in USF program history ... Earned third team All-American honors in 1996 ... Freshman All-American selection in 1995 ... Three-time All-West Coast Conference first team honoree ... Inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 ... Three-time USF Team MVP ... Set the WCC single-season record for most steals during league games (21) as a freshman in 1995 ... Ranks 10th among career West Coast Conference stolen base leaders (86) in just three seasons ... USF career leader in batting average (.361), stolen bases (86) and most double plays turned (101); rates fourth in runs (151), tied for sixth in hits (216), sixth in walks (91), stolen base percentage (.759), 10th in RBI (105) ... Made Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2001, and has played for five teams at the Major League level ... Committed just one error at 2B in 1996, while turning 34 double plays (137 assists, 102 putouts).

Scott Cousins - LHP/OF - San Francisco - 2004-062006 WCC Player of the Year propelled the Dons to the program's first-ever West Coast Conference championship and its inaugural NCAA Regional berth ... A 2006 College Baseball Foundation first team All-American ... Became the second WCC Player of the Year in USF program history ... Two-time All-WCC first team selection (2005 and 2006) ... One of the top two-way players in the nation as a junior, excelling at the plate and on the mound ... Ranks sixth in the USF career record books in ERA (3.21), and is tied for 10th in career wins (12) ... Led the West Coast Conference in league ERA (2.25) innings (56.0) and strikeouts (42) as a junior in 2006 ... Ranked among WCC offensive leaders in multiple categories in 2006, finishing second in runs (53) and stolen bases (21), fifth in hits (81), seventh in RBI (46), ninth in average (.343) ... Cracked the USF single-season top-10 list in multiple categories, including hits (81-T-5th), runs (53-5th) and stolen bases (21-T-8th) ... Selected in the third round by the Florida Marlins in the 2006 Major League Draft.

Chris Donnels - 3B - LMU - 1985-87A dominant bat in the mid-80's, anchoring the LMU lineup during one of the most successful eras in program history ... Three-time All-WCC first team selection ... Second team ABCA All-American in 1986 ... Honorable mention freshman All-American (Baseball America, 1985) ... 1986 WCC Player of the Year ... Two-time first-team All-District VIII ... Will become a member of the LMU Hall of Fame in January, when inducted with 1986 CWS team ... WCC record-holder in career RBI (225) and single-season RBI (91-1986) ... LMU career record holder in RBI (225) and home runs (45) despite playing only three seasons ... Among WCC single-season leaders in four offensive categories ... Ranks fourth in runs scored (78-1986), fourth in walks (58-1986), fifth in home runs (21-1986), and eighth in RBI (75-1987) ... Two-time team leader in home runs and RBI ... WCC Champion and led LMU to its first-ever College World Series appearance in 1986 ... Named to the All-College World Series team for his performances in Omaha ... A first round draft pick of the New York Mets in 1987 ... Made his Major League debut for the Mets in 1991, and had stints with four different MLB teams through 2002.

Steve Duda - RHP - Pepperdine - 1990-93West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a second team All-American in 1993 ... All-District VIII selection in 1993 ... Two-Time first team All-West Coast Conference selection ... Freshman All-American in 1990 ... Ranks first in Pepperdine and West Coast Conference history with 44 victories ... Listed fifth in Pepperdine and seventh in WCC history with a 2.31 career ERA ... Ranks first in Pepperdine and third in WCC history with 427.2 innings pitched ... Ranks fourth in Pepperdine history with 275 career strikeouts ... Compiled a 44-9 record, 2.31 ERA, 21 complete games and five shutouts while appearing in 73 games ... Went 12-3 with a 1.64 ERA and tossed a career-high eight complete games in 1993 ... Posted a 9-1 record, 1.92 ERA and three shutouts in 17 appearances while helping Pepperdine to the College World Series title in 1992 ... Drafted in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993 ... Elected to the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mike Fetters - RHP - Pepperdine - 1984-86Colorful pitcher spent 16 years in the Major Leagues following an illustrious career at Pepperdine ... Named All-American and All-District VIII in 1986 ... Selected first team All-West Coast Conference and WCC Pitcher of the Year in 1986 .... Ranks second in Pepperdine and fifth in WCC history with 33 career wins ... Listed second in strikeouts (292) and innings pitched (361.1), and tied for seventh in appearances (77) in Pepperdine history ... Compiled a career record of 33-13, 3.64 ERA, 19 complete games and 292 strikeouts ... 158 strikeouts in 1986 rank second on the WCC's single-season strikeout list ... Won at least 10 games in each of his three seasons at Pepperdine ... Drafted in the first round by the California Angels in 1986 ... Made his Major League debut with the Angels in 1989, and pitched for eight different teams before finishing up with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004.

Mike Frank - OF - Santa Clara - 1994-97Outfielder put together one of the most outstanding offensive seasons in league history en route to 1997 WCC Player of the Year honors ... A freshman All-American in 1994 and a first team All-American following the 1997 campaign ... Four-time All-WCC first team selection (1994-97) ... Helped lead Santa Clara to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1994, 1996, and 1997) ... SCU's all-time career leader in at-bats (902), runs (202), hits (301), doubles (60), total bases (455), and extra-base hits (96-T-1st) ... Second on SCU career lists with 35 home runs, 185 RBIs, and 14 triples ... Ranks in several categories on WCC career lists ... Ranks fourth in hits (301), seventh in runs (202), seventh in RBI (185), and seventh in doubles (60) ... Set a WCC single-season high with 98 runs scored in 1997 ... Also ranks fourth on WCC single-season RBI list (80-1997), fifth in doubles (25-1997), and sixth in hits (98-1997).

Nate Gold - 1B - Gonzaga - 2001-02Slugger reigns as WCC single-season home run king, having clubbed a league-record 33 dingers during the 2002 season ... Home run total also set a Gonzaga program record and led the NCAA ... Tabbed for WCC Player of the Year honors following his remarkable performance ... Compiled a .307 career average, 147 hits, 95 runs, 46 home runs, and 124 RBI during his time in Spokane ... A two-time All-WCC Selection, receiving second team honors in 2001 and first team recognition in 2002 ... First team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2002 ... Also set Gonzaga single-season record with 76 RBI, which is also a West Coast Conference record ... Is tied for second on the WCC career list with 46 home runs ... Selected in 10th round of the 2002 draft by the Texas Rangers ... Named Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.

Dan Haren - DH/RHP - Pepperdine - 1999-01Hurler enjoyed a phenomenal career in Malibu and continues to impress at the Major League level ... A second team All-American and All-District VIII selection in 2001 ... Freshman All-American in 1999 ... A two-time first team All-West Coast Conference Selection (2000, 2001) ... 1999 WCC Freshman of the Year ... 2001 WCC Player of the Year ... Compiled a 29-11 record, 2.77 ERA, 13 complete games and 277 strikeouts in three years ... 29 wins are tied for ninth on the WCC's all-time career wins list and third in Pepperdine history ... Went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA and six complete games in 2001 ... Also served as the team's designated hitter and batted .308 with five home runs and 47 RBI ... Third in Pepperdine history in innings pitched (354.2) and strikeouts (277) ... A second round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001, and is currently a member of the Oakland A's starting rotation.

Von Hayes - INF - Saint Mary's - 1977-79Helped Saint Mary's to one of the most successful stretches in program history before moving on to an 11-year Major League career ... Set the WCC single-season mark with 11 triples in 1978 ... Hit 17 triples during his career in Moraga to set the SMC career mark, and ranks seventh on the conference career list ... Remains the SMC program leader in slugging percentage, slugging at a .609 clip in his three collegiate seasons ... A second team All-NCBA selection in 1979 ... Led the Gaels to a 41-13 record in 1977, the best single-season mark in SMC history since the start of WCC play ... Selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians in 1979 ... Selected to play in the 1989 All-Star game as an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies ... Enjoyed a 26-home run/28 stolen base season for the Phillies in 1989.

Dana Hendershott - LHP - San Francisco - 1969-71The most dominant left-hander in USF history ... Led the Dons to the highest win tally (32) and the highest league finish (second) in program history in 1971, records that held for over 20 seasons ... A first team All-American and first team All-West Coast Conference selection in 1971 ... Inducted into the University of San Francisco Hall of Fame in 1987 ... Posted the lowest single-season ERA of any pitcher in WCC history in league contests in 1971, recording a 0.60 ERA ... Notched an unblemished 7-0 league record, allowing just eight runs off 36 hits with 58 strikeouts and 14 walks ... Hurled seven complete games in eight league starts ... USF career pitching leader in virtually every career statistic despite playing just three years of varsity baseball, including ERA (2.20), innings pitched (332.1), strikeouts (299) ... Currently second in career victories (22), a record which stood until 2006 ... Currently ranks second in single-season victories (11) and ERA (1.67) ... Also ranks third (109-1971) and fifth (99-1970) in single-season strikeouts ... Second in single-season complete games (10-1971) ... Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft.

Rick Hirtensteiner - OF/P - Pepperdine - 1986-89Current Pepperdine assistant coach earned numerous accolades during his career in Malibu ... First team All-American and All-District VIII in 1989 ... Academic All-American selection in 1989 ... 1989 West Coast Conference Player of the Year ... 1989 WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... A three-time first team All-West Coast Conference Selection (1987, 1988, 1989) ... A member of the United States National Team in 1987, becoming just the second Wave to represent the USA ... A career .337 hitter with 295 hits, 228 runs scored, 175 RBI, 57 doubles, 17 triples and 28 home runs in 876 at-bats ... Ranks in the top-10 in every Pepperdine offensive category except batting average, where he ranks No. 15 ... Ranks fifth in hits (295), fourth in runs scored (228), and is tied for seventh in triples (17) in WCC history ... Also worked out of the Pepperdine bullpen and posted a 3-2 record, 2.16 ERA and recorded six saves in 18 games ... Drafted in the eighth round by the California Angels in 1989.

Tim Layana - RHP - LMU - 1983-86Top starter on LMU's first-ever College World Series team in 1986 ... Received WCC Pitcher of the Year recognition in 1986 ... First-team All-WCC (1986) ... Second-team Baseball America and ABCA All-American in 1986 ... Jersey #54 retired by LMU baseball ... Member of the LMU Hall of Fame ... His 511 career innings pitched remain the most by a WCC pitcher ... Set WCC single-season records in wins (17) and innings pitched (170.7) during the 1986 season, and his 139 strikeouts rank sixth on the conference's single-season chart ... LMU record-holder in complete games (33), wins (35-4th in WCC), and strikeouts (405-2nd in WCC) ... Led LMU in strikeouts all four years, was the program's three-time leader in wins, and a two-time leader in ERA ... Third round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 1986 ... Played for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants in the Major Leagues, going 5-3 with 3.49 ERA for the 1990 World Series Champion Reds ... Passed away on June 25, 1999.

Mark Lee - RHP - Pepperdine - 1975-761976 West Coast Conference Player of the Year ... Two-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection (1975, 1976) ... All-time Pepperdine and WCC career ERA leader with 1.81 mark ... Compiled a two-year record of 22-8 with a 1.81 ERA, 11 complete games and 109 strikeouts in 47 games ... Posted a 14-5 record, 1.44 ERA and 10 complete games in 21 games in 1975 ...14 wins in 1975 tie for fourth on Pepperdine's single-season list and fifth in WCC history, while 1.44 ERA is fourth best mark in Pepperdine history and ties for fifth in WCC annals ... A 13th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 1976 ... Played in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres (1978-79) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1980-81).

Noah Lowry - LHP - Pepperdine - 2000-01Current Major Leaguer enjoyed a standout collegiate career ... 2001 first team All-American and All-District VIII Selection ... 2001 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, and a first team All-WCC selection ... Compiled a two-year record of 20-4 with a 2.52 ERA, three complete games, 193 strikeouts and a .202 opponents' batting average ... Put together one of the finest seasons of any pitcher in WCC history in 2001, going 14-2 with a 1.71 ERA and three complete games, while holding opponents to a .199 batting average in 18 games ... 142 strikeouts tie for fourth-highest single-season total in WCC history and 14 wins tie for fifth in conference history ... 2.52 career ERA ranks sixth in Pepperdine history ... First round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2001 ... Reached the major leagues with the Giants in 2003, and is a current member of the club's starting rotation.

Barry Matthews - DH/LHP - Gonzaga - 1999-2001One of the top two-way players in Gonzaga program history ... Compiled a .332 career average, 144 runs, 207 hits, 46 doubles, 29 home runs, and 130 RBI at the plate ... Registered a 5.01 career ERA, 21-12 record, 11 complete games, 284 innings pitched, and 215 strikeouts on the mound ... 2001 Collegiate Baseball first team All-American honoree ... Three-time All-WCC selection ... Ranks on the all-time Gonzaga single-season lists for at bats (224-8th) and doubles (17-T11th) ... Listed in the GU career batting ranks in runs (144-9th), doubles (46-6th) and home runs (29-7th) ... Strung together the longest hitting streak in Gonzaga history, collecting hits in 26 consecutive games during the 2000 season ... Ranked ninth on the Gonzaga single-season list with 106 innings pitched (2001), and 10th with 83 strikeouts 2001 ... Listed in the GU career pitching ranks in innings pitched (284.0-6th), wins (21-T7th), strikeouts (215-7th), and complete games (11-5th) ... Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers in 2001.

Steve Montgomery - RHP - Pepperdine - 1990-92College World Series hero nailed down two saves and pitched in all four games to lead Pepperdine to the 1992 National Championship ... A two-time All-American (1991, 1992), including a first team selection in 1991 ... Named All-District VIII twice (1991 and 1992) ... A two-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection ... Registered a 22-6 career record, 2.57 ERA, 13 saves and 216 strikeouts in 231.0 innings over 79 games ... Ranks 10th in WCC history with a 2.57 career ERA ... Ranks seventh in Pepperdine history in ERA and 10th in strikeouts ... Earned saves against Texas and against Cal State Fullerton in the championship game at the 1992 College World Series ... Spent final two seasons of career as a reliever and went 19-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 13 saves in 62 games ... 35 appearances in 1992 rank second all-time in Pepperdine single-season history ... Posted a 1.49 ERA during the 1991 season, which ranks as the sixth lowest single-season ERA in WCC history ... Drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992 ... Played in the major leagues with the Oakland A's (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1999) and San Diego Padres (2000).

James Mouton - OF - Saint Mary's - 1988-91Among the top athletes to have come out of the WCC ... The Saint Mary's career leader in nine different offensive categories ... A four-time All-WCC selection ... Received 1988 WCC Freshman of the Year honors ... Set program career standards in at bats (750), runs (195), home runs (34), stolen bases (120), games played (211), hits (274), RBI (147), walks (134), and total bases (428) ... His career steals total ranks second in the WCC record book, while his runs scored total ranks eighth ... Is also tied for ninth in WCC annals with 274 career hits ... Set SMC single-season marks with 60 runs scored (1991), 15 home runs (1991), 39 stolen bases (1990), and a . 420 batting average (1988) ... His single-season stolen base total is the eighth highest in WCC history, while his .420 batting average ranks seventh on the WCC single-season list ... Drafted in the seventh round of 1991 draft by the Houston Astros and played for four different teams in an eight-year Major League career.

Russ Noah - OF - LMU - 1971-73The first Lion to earn West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors, taking home the award in 1973 ... A two-time All-WCC first-team selection ... Named first-team All-American by the Sporting News following the 1973 campaign ... Two-time first-team All-District VIII ... Inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame in 1986 ... LMU record-holder with a .387 career batting average, the second highest clip in WCC history ... Ranks fourth among the WCC single-season leaders with eight triples (1972) ... Led LMU in batting (.378), home runs (6), and RBI (42) in 1972 ... Paced LMU in batting with a .399 average in 1973 ... Led the Lions to the program's first conference title and first-ever NCAA Regional appearance in 1973 ... A third round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1973.

Bob Pailthorpe - RHP - Santa Clara - 1992-95One of only two hurlers in conference history to have earned back-to-back WCC Pitcher of the Year awards ... Captured honors as the league's top pitcher in 1994 and 1995 ... A three-time All-WCC selection, earning first team honors in 1994 and 1995 ... Compiled 388 career strikeouts during his career on the Mission Campus, the second highest total in Bronco program history and the third most in WCC history ... Ranked in Santa Clara's career top-five for innings pitched (412.1-2nd), strikeouts (388-2nd), games started (54-T2nd), and wins (28-5th) ... His 126 strikeouts in 1995 ranks fifth on the SCU single-season list, while his 121 strikeouts in 1994 ranks eighth ... Helped lead Santa Clara to a conference title and an appearance in the 1994 NCAA Tournament ... Selected in the 10th round of the 1995 Major League draft by the Florida Marlins.

Jeff Peterson - LHP - Saint Mary's - 1981-84One of the top strikeout artists in WCC history ... Named the 1982 NCBA Pitcher of the Year after striking out 139 batters, which ranks first on the Saint Mary's single-season list and sixth in the WCC record book ... A first-team Sporting News All-American in 1982 ... Holds the all-time SMC record for career strikeouts with 350, the fourth highest total in WCC history ... Three-time All-NCBA selection ... Fourth all-time at SMC with 3.06 ERA ... Second all-time at SMC with 24 wins ... Fifth all-time at SMC with 330 innings pitched ... Posted seven shutouts, the second most in SMC program history ... Led the Gaels to three winning seasons in four years in Moraga.

Steve Rodriguez - INF - Pepperdine - 1990-92Current Pepperdine head coach enjoyed a standout career as a Wave, culminating in the program's first-ever College World Series title in 1992 ... A two-time first team All-American and All-District VIII selection (1991, 1992) ... Honored as a freshman All-American in 1990 ... A two-time first team All-West Coast Conference honoree (1991 and 1992) ... Earned 1992 West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors ... Named to the 1992 All-College World Series Team ... Named to the WCC's All-Time 50 Greatest Student-Athletes list in 2001 ... Finished with a .367 career batting average to rank second in Pepperdine history and tie for ninth in WCC annals ... Ranks among the top-10 in Pepperdine history in runs scored (187-2nd), hits (271-4th), triples (11-4th), at-bats (739-T9th) and stolen bases (82-8th) ... .419 batting average in 1991 ranks third on Pepperdine's single-season list and ties for ninth in WCC history ... A fifth-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 1992 ... Reached the Major Leagues with the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in 1995.

Arnie Sambel - INF - San Francisco - 1987-90Inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 2005 ... An All-West Coast Conference first team selection in 1990 ... Named All-WCC second team in 1987 ... Named USF Team MVP in 1990 ... Led the West Coast Conference with 17 home runs in 1990 ... Ranks among San Francisco's top-five in nearly every career offensive category, including at-bats (691-4th), hits (236-4th), home runs (36-2nd), doubles (54-3rd), RBI (152-2nd), extra-base hits (94-2nd) and total bases (406-2nd) ... Ranks among USF's career top-10 in batting (.342-7th), runs (134-7th) and putouts (479-7th) ... Hit .340 with 17 homers, 17 doubles and drove in 55 runs during his senior campaign in 1990, at the time the most prolific offensive single-season in program history ... Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 28th round of the 1990 MLB draft.

Dane Sardinha - C - Pepperdine - 1998-00The West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first team All-American in 2000 ... Received All-District VIII honors following the 1999 season ... Two-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection (1999 and 2000) ... Posted a .330 career batting average with 45 home runs, 173 RBI, 54 doubles and .599 slugging percentage ... All-time Pepperdine leader and tied for third on the WCC's all-time home run list with 45 ... Tied for third in Pepperdine history with 54 doubles, and tied for fourth in RBI with 173 ... Drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2000, and made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2003.

Mike Scott - RHP - Pepperdine - 1974-76Hard throwing right-hander honed his skills at Pepperdine before embarking on an extremely successful Major League career ... 1975 All-District VIII selection ... A three-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection (1974, 1975, 1976) ... Compiled a three-year record of 26-14 with a 2.09 ERA, 232 strikeouts and 22 complete games ... Named to the WCC's 50 Greatest Student-Athletes All-Time list in 2001 ... Had two seasons (1974 and 1975) with an ERA under 1.65, while registering a 19-8 record ... Ranks fourth in WCC history with a 2.09 ERA ... Tied for seventh on Pepperdine's career wins list (26), fourth in ERA (2.09), fourth in innings pitched (343.2) and ninth in strikeouts (232) ... A second round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1976 ... Played in the major leagues with the New York Mets (1979-82) and Houston Astros (1983-91) ... Appeared in three MLB All-Star games during his career, and won the National League's Cy Young Award in 1986.

Mark Teahen - INF - Saint Mary's - 2000-02Hard hitting infielder is currently playing for the for the Kansas City Royals ... Made an impact in the Saint Mary's record book, etching his name into the top-five in seven different offensive categories ... Ranks second on the SMC career list in hits (218), third in runs (123), third in doubles (41), fourth in walks (107), fourth in total bases (307), and fifth in RBI (110) ... Set a program record with a .368 career batting average, which is tied for eighth on the WCC career list ... An honorable mention Freshman All-American in 2000 ... Two-time All-WCC selection ... Drafted in the first round of the 2002 baseball draft by the Oakland A's, before making his debut with the Royals during the 2005 season.

Billy Traber - LHP - LMU - 1998-00Dominant left-hander earned WCC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2000 ... Two-time All-WCC first-team choice ... First-team Collegiate Baseball All-American selection in 1999 ... Honorable mention NCBWA All-American (1999) ... Second-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2000 ... LMU record holder in single-season strikeouts with 156 in 2000, which ranks third on WCC single-season strikeouts list ... Ranks fifth in WCC career strikeouts, fanning 338 batters in just three seasons ... Two-time LMU leader in wins, ERA, and strikeouts ... Three-time WCC Champion and NCAA Regional participant ... Selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the New York Mets in 2000, and made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2003 ... Currently on Washington Nationals' active roster.

Rich Troedson - LHP - Santa Clara - 1969-72Helped Santa Clara dominate the league during the first few seasons of West Coast Conference play ... Garnered WCC Player of the Year honors in 1972 ... A four-time All-WCC first team selection ... Set an all-time WCC record with 445 career strikeouts during his time at SCU, and also set the WCC single-season strikeout mark by fanning 167 batters in 1971... Was credited with 13 victories during the 1972 season, the 10th highest single-season total in WCC history ... Helped lead Santa Clara to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1969-72) ... Set Santa Clara career standards in wins (40), games started (58), innings pitched (437.0), complete games (33), and strikeouts (445) ... Second on the Bronco list with a 2.10 career earned-run average, which ranks fifth on the WCC career chart ... His 40 career victories rank second in the WCC record book, and his 437 career innings pitched also rank second in the league's career annals ... Pitched two seasons with the San Diego Padres (1973-74).

David Uribes - INF - Pepperdine - 2003-06Three-time All-West Coast Conference selection became the WCC's all-time hits leader last season with 328... Also ranks third in conference history with 232 runs scored ... Earned 2003 Freshman All-American honors ... Ranks first in hits, runs scored, at-bats (986), third in games played (241), seventh in doubles (51) and ninth in stolen bases (72) in Pepperdine history ... Started every game of his career, a streak of 241 consecutive games, before suffering a knee injury during the final weeks of senior season ... Finished with a .333 career batting average ... Pepperdine reached postseason play in all four of his years in Malibu, including three WCC titles ... Drafted in the 25th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2006.

Randy Wolf - LHP - Pepperdine - 1995-971997 First Team All-American and All-District VIII selection ... 1997 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year ... Three-time first team All-WCC selection ... 1995 WCC Freshman of the Year ... Compiled a 25-8 career record, 1.97 ERA, 15 complete games, seven shutouts and 328 strikeouts in three seasons ... WCC ranks include No. 2 in career ERA and sixth in strikeouts ... Ranks second in ERA, tied for seventh in innings pitched (315.0) and first in strikeouts in Pepperdine history ... Never posted an ERA above 2.16 ... Drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997 ... Made Major League debut in 1999, and was selected for the MLB All-Star Game in 2003 ... Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, 2006.